Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:53:37 EST
---College Basketball---

The 18th-ranked Michigan State Spartans beat Penn State 81-72 on the road last night.
Adreian Payne led the Spartans with 20 points, Gary Harris added 14 points and Keith Appling and Derrick Nix each contributed 12.
Payne and teammate Branden Dawson were both benched for the first half after apparently getting into a fight at the team's hotel before the game.
MSU, 15-and-3 overall and 4-and-1 in the Big Ten, host Ohio State Saturday.


Darius Paul and David Brown each scored 15 points and Shayne Whittington hung up a double-double as the Western Michigan
Broncos defeated the Toledo Rockets, 79-56, in Mid-American Conference action at University Arena last night.
Whittington had 12 points and 13 rebounds and also blocked five shots for Western Michigan (9-7, 1-2 MAC) which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Julius Brown scored 16 points as the only player in double figures for Toledo (7-7, 2-1) which has lost consecutive games.


The fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to shake off their first loss of the year as they travel to take on 9th-ranked Minnesota. Game time in Minnesota is 7:00 p.m.
The 16-and-1 Wolverines are coming off Sunday's loss to Ohio State, to fall to 3-and-1 in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 15-and-2 overall, and 3-and-1 in the league.


(Top-25 College Basketball)

(13) Butler 62, Richmond 47
Maryland 51, (14) North Carolina State 50
UNLV 82, (15) San Diego State 75
(16) Kansas State 67, TCU 54
(17) Missouri 79, Georgia 62
(18) Michigan State 81, Penn State 72
(19) New Mexico 79, Boise State 74 (OT)
(25) Marquette 69, Seton Hall 62


---N-B-A---

The Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks tip off this afternoon at London's O2 Arena. Game time is 3:00 p.m.
Forward Charlie Villanueva, with a sprained ankle, is listed as questionable, while guard Rodney Stuckey, who had oral surgery earlier this week, and forward Corey Maggette, who has been dealing with flu-like symptoms, are both probable for today's game against New York.
Detroit enters the game 14-and-24 on the season, following a loss to Utah on Saturday.


LeBron James had 25 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and made NBA history in the Miami Heat's 92-75 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
With his offensive output, James has amassed 20,007 career points, making him the youngest player to reach that mark at 28 years, 17 days old. Kobe Bryant previously held the record at 29 years, 122 days old.


The NBA will announce the Western and Eastern Conference All-Star Game starters tonight.
The one-hour special will air on TNT at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. The fan vote closed on Monday.
As of January 3rd, when the latest voting release was announced, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the leading overall vote-getter with nearly 1.2 million votes.
LeBron James was the top vote-getter in the Eastern Conference with over 1.15-million votes. The game will be played in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center on Sunday, February 17th.


(N-B-A Scoreboard)

Miami Heat 92, Golden State Warriors 75
Orlando Magic 97, Indiana Pacers 86
Chicago Bulls 107, Toronto Raptors 105 (OT)
Atlanta Hawks 109, Brooklyn Nets 95
New Orleans Hornets 90, Boston Celtics 78
Dallas Mavericks 105, Houston Rockets 100
Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Denver Nuggets 97
San Antonio Spurs 103, Memphis Grizzlies 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 88
Sacramento Kings 95, Washington Wizards 94


---M-L-B---

The Detroit Tigers have invited 17 non-roster players to spring training, including utility player Don Kelly.
Kelly hit .186 with one home run and seven RBI for Detroit last season. Tigers pitchers and catchers will begin camp in Lakeland on February 12th, while the first full-squad workout is on February 15th.


---College Football---

Notre Dame is calling star linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN-tye TAY-oh) a victim of a hoax in which his supposed girlfriend died during the football season last year.
According to a university statement, someone using a fictitious name apparently ingratiated herself with Te'o and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia.
Authorities are still investigating the matter.
The statement comes on the heels of a Deadspin report that there is no record of the 22-year-old ever existing.
Te'o told "Sports Illustrated" that she had been in a serious car accident in September and was later diagnosed with leukemia.


Chip Kelly had a change of heart and ducked Oregon, while the Philadelphia Eagles got the guy they wanted all along.
The Eagles named Kelly their 21st head football coach in team history Wednesday. He replaces longtime head coach
Andy Reid, who was let go on Dec. 31 following a 4-12 campaign.
Kelly went 46-7 and led Oregon to a BCS bowl game in each of his four years with the school.
The 49-year-old will bring his innovative mind, lightning fast paced offense, which averaged 44.7 points per game at Oregon, and aggressive play calling to the NFL for the first time.


---Tennis---

Women's world number-one Victoria Azarenka and number-three Serena Williams are through the second round of the women's Australian Open.
Azarenka defeated Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-0, while American Williams dismissed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0. Also advancing to round three on the women's side was 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.

On the men's side, second-seeded Roger Federer is up 6-3, 3-1 in the best of five match against Nikolay Davydenko. The three-seed Andy Murray defeated Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 en route to the third round. Sixth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro is ahead of Benjamin Becker 6-2, 4-3, which is also a best of five match.

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